I put a few inches of water in the pool, we gathered supplies from around the house and yard and started throwing them into the pool. After every addition I said, "it floats!" or "it sinks!" Buddy did repeat "sink!" or "foat!" a couple of times, but he was more interested in pouring the water out of the containers we had brought outside.
|Buddy getting ready to throw in a rock.|
|"Sink!" The rock sinks and makes a big splash! Buddy liked to watch it splash over and over...|
|Buddy would rather make waves than conduct the experiment I had laid out. |
Sometimes we just have to go with the flow and let kids be kids.
Young kids don't always have the same thought process as adults. Sometimes it is just better to let them try their own experiment. At this age I just want to see Buddy explore and figure out how things work. The real lesson is cause and effect, not density.
|Today Buddy is checking out gravity instead of density.|
There are so many ways to adapt this experiment for kids. Get down on your child's level and make it fun for them while they learn.